Glyn Williams, NNDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “Many of the projects that have been completed at Holt Country Park could not have been done so without the help of the volunteers from Holt Day Centre. Together with our Countryside Rangers, they have formed an enduring partnership that I hope will continue for many more years to come.
“The volunteers have made a significant contribution to improving the natural environment at Holt Country Park while building confidence and self-esteem and developing strong working relationships with the Rangers”
John Orris, Holt Day Centre Supervisor, added: “I’ve been bringing groups of volunteers to Holt Country Park for the last ten years and have witnessed the pleasure and the satisfaction they’ve gained from carrying out many different tasks, including the recent construction of the popular sensory garden.
“I am extremely proud of the attitude of the Holt Day Centre members and their positive contribution to the Park. I would also like to pay tribute to the Rangers who have worked with us so successfully. Their patience and skills and the cheerful manner in which they work really motivates the members who thoroughly enjoy their time at the Park.”
Shrubs and a selection of gardening tools were presented to John Orris and the Holt Day Centre members by Cllr. Williams at an event held at Holt Country Park on Wednesday 19 November in recognition of the successful ten-year partnership. Activities, events and supervised school visits take place at Holt Country Park throughout the year. Facilities include a visitor centre with toilets. Car parking, including disabled parking bays, is available at £1.50 per day. There are way-marked routes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Countryside Rangers actively encourage volunteering (Muddy Boots volunteers) to help with practical conservation work and wildlife surveys.